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Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-Ins, and Meet-Ups for September 11 – 17, 2023

2001 Pontiac Firebird - Owner Thomas Longfellow

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Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

Light sprinkles kept attendance down on Thursday. The total number of cars reached 120 cars by the end of the cruise-in. A lot of those cars came after 6 PM when the threat of rain subsided. Six of those cars were first-timers.

Only three more Thursday evening cruise-ins left in the season. This Saturday morning will be the annual Coffee and Donut Cruise-In. If you haven't had a chance to make it out this year, time is running out.

Creative Auto Sales/Advanced Auto Parts Car Show:

Creative Auto Sales and the Advanced Auto Parts store in Marysville, Ohio held their September car show on Friday evening.

The show registered 25 cars and raised over $100 for the local food pantries.

This month four cars received "Favorite" trophies. Three were selected by the manager of the Advanced Auto Parts store and one was selected by Jeff Shankle's grandson, MJ.

MJ's pick went to Ben LaWarre and his 1950 Chevy Truck.

The manager's "Favorite" picks were Chris and Ange Z. with a 1969 Ford Mustang, Jeff Guyer and his 1963 Ford Galaxie 500, and Nicholas Mathews with a 2016 Dodge Charger SRT.

Bud "Pockets" Carter Memorial Car Show:

Relatives of Richard "Bud, Pockets" Carter hosted a memorial car show in his honor on Saturday at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio.

Bud, who passed away last November, was a lifelong "car guy". He was a member of Goodguys and the NSRA. He was a regular at the Der Dutchman Cruise-Ins on Thursdays.

The show in Bud's memory registered 62 cars. Everyone who registered a vehicle received a door prize ticket. There was also a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Awards included 20 "Favorite" trophies plus trophies for Best Rat Rod, "Piston Man", Best Interior, Best Paint, and Best of Show. The Best Rat Rod and Piston Man trophies were handmade from car parts and tools.

Here are the "Special" Award winners:

The Best of Show went to Scott Varney and his recently completed Oldsmobile Super 88.

Springdale Baptist Church Hot Rods and Hot Food:

Springdale Baptist Church in Marysville, Ohio hosted its annual Hot Rods and Hot Food cruise-in on Saturday evening.

Approximately 20 cars stopped by during the evening. Hot dogs, chips, and water were available for a small donation.

It was a pleasant low-key evening relaxing with friends and talking cars. You need those kinds of car events now and again.

Empty Pockets Patriot Day Car Show:

The Empty Pockets Cruisers Car Club hosted its Patriot Day car show on Saturday.

There were about 60 cars in attendance.

The DJ's Choice went to the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T (General Lee) owned by Josh Wilkerson.

The Best of Show pick went to Kenny Hugues and his 1978 Lincoln Continental.

Hocking Township Firefighters Association Car Show:

With the help of the Lancaster Car Scene (LCS), the Hocking Township Firefighters Association hosted a car show at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio. The show had 60 cars in attendance on Saturday.

The Old Goats Car Club received the Top Club Award. The club members also took home a good bit of hardware.

Mark Robinette and his 1972 Chevy Chevelle SS took home the Best of Show honors.

Marysville Walmart Car Show:

The Walmart in Marysville, Ohio hosted its 10th Annual Car Show on Saturday evening.

All proceeds from the show went to the Union County Military Family Support Group (

Sixty-five cars attended the show.

Steve and Carol Atwell's 1928 Ford Model A 2dr Sedan received the Manager's Choice Award (aka Best of Show). The Award also included a 50-inch flat-screen television.

The Capital City Church Classic Car/Bike Show and Fish Fry:

The Capital City Church in Lockbourne, Ohio held its 6th Annual Classic Car/Bike Show and Fish Fry On Saturday.

There were sixty entries.

Judging was done using a points system. Here is the sample judging sheet.

Awards were presented to the "Favorite 25" along with several "Special" Awards.

Best Bike went to Randy Armentrout with a 2017 Harley Davidson.

Don Kirk's 1970 Chevy Nova received the Pastor's Choice. Don is 90 years old and still "rowing gears"!

Carol Benson and Her 1963 Chevy C10 pickup was selected Runner-up Best of Show.

The Best of Show honors went to Craig Grunkenmeyer and his 1967 Corvette convertible.

Lite the Night Car Show:

The Lite the Nite Car Show took place on Saturday in downtown Newark, Ohio. The show has been a tradition in Newark for 38 years.

The event is organized by the family of the late Jim Matheny and the Newark Rodders Car Club. Proceeds from the show help support the lighting of the Licking County Court House during the holidays.

Four-foot and six-foot trophies are awarded to the most popular vehicles on display. Sponsors of the trophies assist with the judging.

This year the event registered 540 cars with 40 more cars participating that did not register. There were 30 four-foot and 40 six-foot trophies awarded at the end of the show.

Our good friend, Dale Pearce, and his 1950 Chevy 3100 pickup received one of the six-foot trophies.

Corvette Gathering:

The Alliance of Ohio Corvette Clubs held its 18th Annual Corvette Gathering in downtown Lancaster, Ohio on Sunday.

The event is one giant cruise-in for Corvettes. Everyone received a commemorative plaque and door prize ticket with their $15 registration fee.

There was also a silent auction and hourly 50/50 raffles. Vendors of parts, accessories, and services were also present.

With the weather on Sunday just about ideal, the Gathering registered 420 Corvettes.

Here's a little slide show from the Corvette Gathering. It was almost as fun checking out the vanity license plates as it is seeing all the Corvettes.

The Point on Main Street Patriot Day Car Show:

Shaun "Big Dawg" Sanders and the C-Town Cruises were once again at The Point on Main Street hosting their monthly show at the Sports Bar and Grill in Columbus, Ohio. This month the show was in honor of Patriot Day recognizing those who had lost their lives on 9/11.

There were 56 cars in attendance on Sunday.

Jeff Ward's 2002 Chevy S-10 Lowrider received the Most Patriotic award. Jeff also won the 50/50 raffle.

The Best of Show award went to Bart and Stephanie Triplett and their 2018 Ram 1500 Sport R/T with a supercharged Hell Cat engine.

Old Goats members took home some of the "Top 30" awards.

Crossroads Events Saturday and Sunday Car Shows:

The Crossroads Event team hosted two shows this past weekend. On Saturday, the team was at Deer Creek State Park. They were back in Lewis Center on Sunday for the monthly show at the Wings and Rings restaurant.

Dave Muller and his 1960 Rambler Classic received the Best of Show honors at the Deer Creek State Park show.

The "Spotlight" car for the Wings and Rings show was all Pontiac vehicles. GM and Pontiac expert, Steve Schaeffer, helped pick the Spotlight car.

Steve Wallace's 1976 Pontiac Trans Am took home the Spotlight Award.

The Larry Bickers Daily Driver Award went to the 1968 Chevy II/Nova of Ben Shirley.

David Elliot's 1957 Chevy Bel Air was picked Best of Show.

Steve Schaffer received a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedication and service to the Central Ohio car community. Thank you, Steve!

All Ohio Ford Show:

The last show to report on this week is the 13th Annual All-Ohio Ford Show. Hosted by the United Ford Owners (UFO) Car Club, It took place on Sunday in Plain City, Ohio at Pastime Park.

There were 72 Fords in attendance.

Every car that wanted to be judged had to drive through a designated judging area where seven judges looked over each car. I don't know about you, but I like the idea of a judging area. No one can complain that the judges didn't look at your car.

Our good friend, Arch Mayer, and his Saleen Mustang received a Top Three pick and went home with a nice three-foot trophy.

That's it for this week's News and Notes.

A big thanks to the following people for sending photos and info about this past week's events:

  • Jeff Shankle
  • Dale Pearce
  • Arch Mayer
  • Chad Herrick
  • Frank Russel
  • Craig Grunkemeyer
  • Kenny G

I hope everyone has a good week! Stay safe. Look for a new list of Central Ohio car events and a News and Notes report next Monday.

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